Ukraine: “Human words aren’t working right now. We need God’s words…”
“Human words aren’t working right now. We need God’s words…”
“Nothing is more powerful than the Word of God at this moment.” Max, FEBC Program director, Kyiv, Ukraine
All 7 radio stations of Far East Broadcasting (FEBC) managed to stay on the air in Ukraine over the first 2 days of the Russian invasion. Updates by phone, text and video come from FEBC program directors and broadcasters around the country. Each tells of taking every opportunity to share the gospel:
Feb 26, 2022 Everyone on the team is still alive. Praise God! Control of the radio network has now been transferred from Kyiv to the western city of Chernivtsy. Six out of seven stations are still on the air [through 3rd day!] We believe the station in Shastya is down, as this town is now 80% destroyed… Trained counselors posted all over Ukraine are taking calls almost non-stop. Nina, the leader of the counselor group, says, “Exhausted, but working non-stop. We cannot stop now.” We are receiving more than 4,000 contacts a day, but the need is so great. How can we refuse to answer and pray with those who are terrified, anxious, and desperate? Please continue to pray!
Feb 24, 2022: The invasion has begun. As of now we are still on the air in Ukraine. Explosions have been heard in Kyiv (the capital, also called Kiev], where our main studio is.
Our program director, Max, walked the streets of Kyiv to the broadcast studio this morning and went on the air to proclaim to listeners, “Nothing is more powerful than the Word of God at this moment.” FEBC’s counselors are working non-stop, answering people’s calls. Amazing and heartbreaking response, people are hungry for something real.
Right now our programmers are literally reading the Word of God on the air. As one of them said, “Human words aren’t working right now. We need God’s words…” Listener response to call center counselors is 4x higher than ever before. This is a level of desperation we’ve never seen.
Feb 25, 2022: We are still on the air in Ukraine. This is no small miracle. We are all realizing afresh how powerful the Word of God is as we read it on the air. Ukraine’s president has mobilized and called upon all men over 18 to stay and defend the country and countless mothers are calling into our call lines distraught over their sons. Most of them evidently have never prayed before, but now they are calling in and asking for prayer for their sons.
As bomb explosions were heard in the background, we heard from one of the team who was on the road and talking by phone saying, “I am ready to be with Jesus…but if He lets me live, I’ll do anything and everything in my power to share His Good News with Ukrainians.”
Our team is reporting that bombs are now targeting civilian targets like apartment buildings and preschools. Many of FEBC’s teams have had to flee their homes in Kyiv, some are still on the road, others spent the night in bomb shelters. Below are posts from several of our broadcasters.
From our program director, Max: “Please continue to pray for our listeners, as they hear the message of Christ at this time. People need the Lord as never before.”
Inna, Morning Show Host: “I am on my way to a city in western Ukraine, still don’t know where I’ll end up. When I have access to Internet, I post short messages, encouraging my listeners to give their lives to Christ. I spent last night in a bomb shelter… cold, terrible smell, crying children, crying adults, howling dogs, scared of the sounds of exploding rockets. We appreciate your prayers so much, we can’t stop ministering, but we need the power of God to continue.”
Igor, Radio Host: “I am really afraid for my little daughters. And I know that millions of others are as well. I am using Tik Tok to reach other young parents like me, telling them about the love of Christ in this frightening time.” Igor’s wife Emma says, “I want to ask every one of you to please pray for us.” She breaks down in tears and can’t go on.
GREAT GOD, GREAT MISSION: The Story of FEBC
In 1945, with nothing more than a heart to reach the lost and an understanding of radio’s ability to reach far and wide, Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) was founded in 1945 with one goal in mind: broadcasting Christ to the world.
Circling the Globe
FEBC’s programs are now heard on AM and FM stations worldwide, as well as by satellite, the Internet, and on SD cards through our Gospel Speaker Box. We are now broadcasting 1,571 hours each day in 145 languages worldwide. Four billion people live within range of our transmitters. Last year, we received 148 million listener responses, many attesting to transformed lives. FEBC is uniquely positioned near countries closed to Christian witness, and throughout the pandemic has proclaimed the gospel to people groups isolated by quarantine.
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